The Black Dahlia (2006)

R   |    |  Crime, Drama, Mystery

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Two policemen see their personal and professional lives fall apart in the wake of the "Black Dahlia" Elizabeth Short murder investigation.




  • The Black Dahlia (2006)
  • Josh Hartnett and Hilary Swank in The Black Dahlia (2006)
  • Aaron Eckhart and Josh Hartnett in The Black Dahlia (2006)
  • Arielle Kebbel at an event for The Black Dahlia (2006)
  • Brian De Palma and Scarlett Johansson in The Black Dahlia (2006)
  • Scarlett Johansson in The Black Dahlia (2006)

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Cast & Crew

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Brian De Palma


Josh Friedman (screenplay), James Ellroy (novel)

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16 September 2006 | mlatapie-1
I was disappointed in this film mainly because I love James Elroy's books and found that this film did not do it justice. The characters in the film became stereotypes or cardboard 40's characters. Scarlett Johannsen looked like a young Lana Turner on tranquilizers.........very little emotion, so much mumbling.............poor Hilary Swank was just too distracting in her black wig trying to be a 40's vamp ...........I guess we are not accustomed to seeing her that way and she evidently does not do well in sexy, seductive roles............Josh Hartnett did pretty well.........although the constant taking off of clothing of his different ladies seemed a bit tiresome......if I would have had this on video I would have fast forwarded the constant "clothes removal" scenes. James Ellroy also wrote LA Confidential and that was a masterpiece on film.........but of course, the actors were Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey, Danny Divito, and many very well seasoned actors with a far above average script. Sorry to say that this film is not academy award material as LA Confidential was................Ellroy's stories can be told on film with good writing, competent acting, good casting, good screenplay and continuity. This was not present in The Black Dahlia. Actually, the girl who played The Black Dahlia was the most sensitive and sympathetic and portrayed her character excellently.

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Release Date:

15 September 2006


English, German

Country of Origin

USA, Germany, UK, Israel, Bulgaria

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,005,895 17 September 2006

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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